Run of the mill tongue injuries are minor and generally result from unintentionally biting your tongue while chewing gum or eating food. This is usually very mild and won’t require any instant first aid. Regrettably, there are some other odd occurrences when an oral accident can cause more trauma to your tongue.
If this is the case, you will likely need to provide some simple first aid, while evaluating the need to seek professional treatment at Dr. Scott A. Young’s Charlotte, North Carolina clinic.
If your tongue is bleeding profusely, you should contemplate going to the emergency room or another urgent care provider. A more modest tongue injury, might only require some basic first aid. For these situations, Dr. Scott A. Young offers the following advice.
The first step is to evaluate the extent of the tongue injury. Do this by rinsing your mouth softly with water. This will help wash away any blood or other unwanted in your mouth to allow a better look at the traumatized tissues.
If you’ve bitten through your tongue, it is possible you will need to seek professional treatment at the emergency room or an urgent care facility.
You can try to control the bleeding by applying light pressure with a sterile gauze pad. If you are unable to hold the gauze with fingers, you could attempt to press your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Try not to swallow an excessive amount of blood as this can lead to an upset stomach.
Should the bleeding continue for more than half an hour, or the pain is intensifying, the tongue injury certainly requires professional treatment in the emergency room.
If you live in the Charlotte, North Carolina area and you need further advice on how to manage a tongue injury or treat a dental-related issue that led to biting your tongue, you can always call 704-541-5900 to speak to a member of staff at Dr. Scott A. Young’s clinic.